I guess this is a product of science?SoftBank’s Emotion-Reading Robot Is Son’s Dream Come True
SoftBank Corp. (9984)’s emotion-reading robot Pepper is a result of time billionaire Chairman Masayoshi Son spent as a child watching the TV show “Astro Boy.”
Unlike the character from the 1960s Japanese animated series who couldn’t experience feelings, the 1.2-meter (4-foot) tall humanoid robot estimates human emotions based on expressions, the company said today. The machine, manufactured by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., will be on display at some of SoftBank’s Tokyo-area shops tomorrow and available to consumers in Japan starting in February next year.
Son, Japan’s second-richest man with with a net worth of $15.5 billion, said the machine is unlikely to generate profit any time soon and it hasn’t been decided how many will be produced. Pepper, which comes equipped with a laser sensor, 12-hours of battery life and will cost 198,000 yen ($1,930), can also make jokes and dance, the company said today.